Most people think that public libraries exist for one purpose: to house books that can be borrowed for free. Fortunately, this is not the case. If you are on a tight budget, the library provides many services-completely free of charge-that you can take part in.
Here are a few great things to do at your public library:
Use the Internet
Most public libraries provide high-speed Internet access free of charge. If you do not have Internet access at home, the library is a great place to get on the web. Most libraries also subscribe to databases that aren’t available for free over the Internet. You can access these databases with a library card at the library or at home.
Borrow DVDs, CDs, and Other Media
Sure you can borrow books at the library, but you can also borrow DVDs, CDs, and ebooks if you have an e-reader. Libraries aren’t just repositories of books. They’re community centers that provide people with access to information-no matter what form that information takes.
Engage in Community Events
As community centers, libraries often host events that are open to the public. From readings to write-ins, even concerts. Libraries bring a world of culture to you free of charge.
If you don’t have a workspace of your own, the library can provide you one. As we already mentioned, libraries have Internet access. They also have lots of desks, and quiet, and are the perfect place to get some work done. If you’re between jobs, the library is a great place to go to work on finding a new one.
If you want to give back to your community, the library is a great place to start. Most libraries have volunteer programs that let you help to make your local community a better place. Whether you want to borrow a book or apply for a job, the library is one of the best places to find everything, and anything you may need.